November 19th and 20th - 2 hour and 40 lap race!
Kick your team into gear, prepare your machines and start stretching! The Auckland Bucket Racing 2-hour Endurance Race is here! This is a special once a year race for teams of 2 kicked off with a 'Le Mans start' which ends 2 hours after the flag drops. Each rider must ride for no less than 55 minutes each and must compete on the same bike. Qualifying is run on a 'superpole' format meaning each rider gets one flying lap each to put down their best for the team. Each team competing must bring along a friend to flag marshall on the day. This is a big race which isn't to be underestimated. Make sure your bike is up to it, your team is up to it and you bring lots of water. For an idea, last year the winning team completed 229 laps and the speed differential was 4.5 seconds from the front to the back so there was an incredible amount of passing done!
For those new to bucket racing, or those not confident to mix it up with the gaggle of lightning fast a-grade riders, a 40 lap endurance race is also run on the same day. This can either be in a team of 2 or 'iron man' style as a single rider and also kicks off with a 'Le Mans start'. The same B-grade cut off time of 32 seconds applies for this race.
NOTE: Riders cannot compete in both the 40 lapp and the 2 hour endurance. One or other other please.
Alongside our normal practice sessions on Saturday, sidecar racing and a mixed doubles race will also be held. The mixed doubles race is a 2 team race which each team must have a male and a female rider. Minimum grid size to run these races are 6.
Below is how the program for the weekend, although note that exact times might vary on the day.
9:00am gates open
10:00am riders briefing
2:15pm mixed doubles qualifying
2:30pm mixed doubles practice Le Mans start
2:45pm sidecars 10 lap race
3:00pm mixed doubles race (15 laps each)
3:30pm sidecar endurance race (20 laps)
More practice if time permits.
9:00am Gates open
9:15am - 10:00am Sign on and machine examination
10:00am - 10:15am - Riders briefing
10:15am - 11:30am - Practice (10min sessions for A-grade and B-grade)
11:30am - 12:30pm - Superpole
12:30pm - 1:30pm - Practice Le Mans starts for 2-hour and 40-lap race
1:30pm - 2:00pm - 40-lap endurance race
2:00pm - 4:00pm - 2-hour endurance race
4:30pm - Prizegiving and BBQ put on by Auckland Buckets
Entry fee (per rider): $30 senior, $20 junior
One-day licence: $40 (if you don't have an MNZ licence and an MNZ-affiliated club licence)
Transponder hire (per bike): $10 (if you don't have your own)
Bring a friend to flag marshall
See you there!